Continuing on with our travels through Tasmania, last Saturday, we drove down to Stanley to see a magnificent tall ship, the Young Endeavor a Royal Australian Navy sail training ship
The Young Endeavour Scheme began when the magnificent sail training ship STS Young Endeavour was given to the people of Australia by the United Kingdom as a Bicentennial gift back in 1988. Since then, the Scheme, in partnership with the Australian Government and the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for over 11,000 young Australians aboard Young Endeavour.
To be selected, young Australians can put their names in the ballot. No previous sailing experience is required and it is the opportunity of a life time.
With our family’s interest in sailing and history, we were looking forward to being able to climb onboard and check it out.
Unfortunately, very heavy winds picked up and we were unable to board the ship.
However, we did get the opportunity to meet and listen to former crew as well as a young lady who is was leaving on it the next day. Neither had any prior sailing experience and apparently they teach you everything you need to know onboard. I found that that both encouraging and a bit scary but they know what they’re doing. The experience is well known for improving self-confidence, resilience and problem-solving in young people and it really is the opportunity of a lifetime…especially climbing straight up the mast and clinging on for dear life while the boat rocks to and fro.
Humph, they can keep that experience.
As much as I would’ve loved to do this back in the day, I’m quite happy to stick to plain sailing these days.